Perhaps unsurprisingly, a study found a link between high social media usage and poor sleep patterns. Specifically, teens who report heavier social media use go to sleep later. And, late bedtimes are linked with poorer academic and mental health outcomes.
"Optimists are more likely to engage in active problem-focused coping and to interpret stressful events in more positive ways, reducing worry and ruminative thoughts when they're falling asleep and throughout their sleep cycle."
Chronic insomnia is linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, depression, anxiety and premature death. It may also be a risk factor for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease.
Have trouble sleeping? ‘Blue light’ from devices may be to blame. That’s one reason there has been a growing interest in glasses or apps that can block the blue parts of the light spectrum that experts say are especially bad for sleep.
Researchers found that sleeping with a TV or light on in the room was associated with gaining 11 lbs or more, a BMI increase of at least 10%, and a higher risk of being overweight or obese, compared with being exposed to no artificial light.